September 11 Memorial Walkway
History of 9/11
On September 11, 2001, in New York, tens of thousands of people who worked at the World Trade Center, as well as many visitors and tourists, were either headed to the Twin Towers or were already there.
In Washington, D.C., Congress was in session and the 23,000 military and civilian employees at the Pentagon were beginning a new work day.
Throughout our country, millions of households were tuned in to the morning newscasts.
At airports across the country, planes were already in the air or were preparing for take-off.
At 7:59 a.m., American Airlines Flight 11 departed Boston's Logan International Airport with a crew and passengers who thought they were heading to Los Angeles, but Flight 11 never arrived at its intended destination. Instead, terrorist hijackers crashed Flight 11 into floors 94-98 of the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
At that moment, our world was changed forever when nearly 3,000 innocent victims, representing 92 different countries, were senselessly killed. It is the single largest loss of life from a foreign attack on American soil.
The September 11 Memorial Walkway of Southern Illinois (the Memorial) is dedicated to the victims of the vicious attacks on America's freedom and ideals on September 11, 2001. It also recognizes the thousands who survived, and the remarkable compassion displayed in the aftermath, and still today.
The Memorial features a 7,106.9 pound, 35.25 foot long steel remnant from the fallen World Trade Center as its centerpiece. The paved walkway that begins at the parking lot and leads to the artifact includes an educational timeline that chronicles the story of the events of September 11, 2001 that took place at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and aboard Flight 93.
The Memorial is located at the intersection of State Routes 15 and 159 at 1125 S. Illinois St., in Belleville, IL, on the front lawn of the Fire Department Administration Office Building and Engine House #4
Hours -Open daily to the public from dawn until dusk
Admission -Free admission
Accessibility -Wheelchair accessible
Parking -Free parking is available at the west end of the Fire Department Building on the parking lot adjacent to the Memorial's entrance
9/11 National Memorial Registry
The September 11 Memorial Walkway of Southern Illinois is registered on the official 9/11 Memorial & Museum website which tracks 9/11 memorials throughout the world, showing the global impact of the events of 9/11/2001.
For additional information, to arrange a group tour, or to make a donation to the Memorial, please call Belleville's Tourism Office at 618-233-6769 or 800-677-9255.
View the September 11 Memorial Informational Brochure.